Jérôme Agongnon, agricultural engineer and associated researcher at CiAAF starts at the beginning of September 2021 in Belgium a Master of Interuniversity Specialization in Development, Environment and Societies with a grant from the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES). At the end of this training, his research capabilities on socio-economic and environmental development issues will be strengthened. Furthermore, he will be acquiring knowledge and know-how necessary for quality research, based on critical analysis, in-depth methodological knowledge and a multidisciplinary approach to socio-economic and environmental issues related to development. Then he will be able to explain and analyze the contemporary challenges of sustainable development, understand the complexity of the issues and the diversity of points of view, forge an argument based on different theoretical currents and different approaches and therefore to be able to intervene in these challenges in an informed and critical manner.

In addition, Mr. Agongnon is laureate, following a selective competition, of the One Planet Fellowship initiative which is a three-year capacity building program aimed at promoting a dynamic and intergenerational network of African and European researchers capable of collaborating on agricultural development issues, gender mainstreaming in research and environmental challenges. The program revolves around a training and career development process focusing on : (i) Capacity building in mentoring and professional networks ; (ii) Strengthening leadership capacities; (iii) Access to cutting-edge research and innovative scientific projects; (iv) The promotion of a constructive dialogue and concrete policies while promoting mutual collaboration and with the entire scientific community. As a reminder, the One Planet Fellowship initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the BNP Paribas Foundation, the Canadian International Development Research Center (CRDI) and the European Union (EU). Its implementation is coordinated by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) based in Nairobi, Kenya and Agropolis Fondation in Montpellier, France.



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